Solar System Exploration
Mating of LVA
September 17, 2004
Mating of LVA
Episode 1: What is a dwarf planet?
Space Shorts: What is a Dwarf Planet?
NASA's Cassini scientists waited years for the right conditions to produce the first movie that shows lightning on another planet - Saturn.
The four changes of the seasons, related to the position of sunlight on the planet, are captured in this view from geosynchronous Earth orbit by EUMETSAT's Meteosat-9 satellite.
Seeing Equinoxes and Solstices from Space
This data visualization represents twenty years' worth of data showing the abundance of life both on land and in the sea.
Earth: Our Living Planet
As the solar wind flows from the sun, it creates a bubble in space known as the "heliosphere" around our solar system.
The Bubble of Our Solar System
The moon Prometheus slowly collides with the diffuse inner edge of Saturn's F ring in this movie sequence of Cassini images.
This visualization shows the orbits of NASA-related near-Earth science missions that are considered operational as of March 2017.
NASA's Earth Science Mission Fleet: March 2017
My name is Mana. Europa is my favorite It is that it is one of the very few places in our solar system that could potentially have life.
Scientist for a Day Option 3: Europa
This rotating mosaic of asteroid Bennu is composed of 40 images captured by the PolyCam imager onboard NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft over a four-hour period on Dec. 2, 2018.
Asteroid 101955 Bennu Rotating
This animation demonstrates how deformation in the icy surface of Europa could transport subsurface ocean water to the moon’s surface.
Europa's Ocean Ascending
Ring World Highlights
Ring World Highlights
At the end of the last Apollo 15 moon walk, Commander David Scott (pictured above) performed a live demonstration for the television cameras.
The Apollo 15 Hammer-Feather Drop
This movie was built with data collected during the 147-minute plunge through Titan's thick orange-brown atmosphere to a soft sandy riverbed by the European Space Agency's Huygens Descent Imager/Sp...
A View from Huygens
An update on findings from Cassini's latest flyby of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
Cassini at Saturn Sept. 22, 2006
The six Apollo landing sites are revealed chronologically as the phase and libration of the Moon is shown throughout the Apollo era.
Video: Apollo Landing Sites
What's Up for August? This month our main focus is the Perseid meteor shower.
What's Up Video: August 2019 Skywatching Tips from NASA
The most prominent jets of vapor and icy particles emerging from the south polar terrain of Saturn’s moon Enceladus are shown here in graphical form in a movie clip of a “rotating” Enceladus.
Reconstructing the Past on Enceladus
The moon Tethys is joined by two smaller moons in this movie from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Moons in Motion
Glowing like a neon lasso, Saturn’s aurora is seen spinning above Saturn’s north pole over the course of most of a Saturn day in this movie made from multiple images taken by the ultraviolet imagin...
Ultraviolet Aurora Movie
This short animation created by Cassini's mission planning team shows the spacecraft's final orbits - starting with the Ring-Grazing orbits in November 2016 and transitioning to the Grand Finale or...
Cassini's Ring-Grazing and Grand Finale Orbits
Explore the process that Johannes Kepler undertook when he formulated his three laws of planetary motion.
Orbits and Kepler's Laws
Hi, Everyone! My name's Morgan. My favorite topic is Enceladus.
Scientist for a Day Option 1: Enceladus
Winds around Jupiter's Great Red Spot are simulated in this JunoCam view that has been animated using a model of the winds there.
Great Red Spot Rotation (Animation)
Recent findings have led scientists to believe Saturn's moon Titan may have a volcano.
Possible Titan Volcano
A simplified model of Jupiter's massive magnetic field, known as a magnetosphere.
Jupiter's Magnetic Field Visualization
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The Lunar IceCube mission, led by Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, will study water distribution and interaction on the Moon.
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